The series will explore ODB’s early life and philosophy.
On Thursday, Amazon Music released an exclusive mini-documentary on one of hip-hop’s most entertaining personas. Unique: ‘Return to the 36 Chambers’ 25 Years Later‘ follows the early life and career of Wu-Tang’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
The documentary features never-before-seen freestyles and footage. Additionally, friends like RZA and Raekwon take part in extensive interviews. ODB’s widow, Icelene Jones, as well as his son Barsun Unique Jones also appear.
25 years ago on Saturday, Ol Dirty Bastard released his debut album on Elektra Records. His former label A&R, Dante Ross, also provides insight for the series.
In addition to Unique, Rhino Records is releasing a brand-new, 43-track Deluxe Edition of Return to the 36 Chambers. The label newly remastered the album for the re-release, with unreleased “stripped” versions of favorites like “Brooklyn Zoo” and “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.”
RZA recounts the experience of recording the latter track, which became one of the biggest Return singles. “[Shimmy Shimmy Ya] was recorded before he had a deal,” RZA said. “It was basically done in my bedroom that in the daytime it was a studio, at nighttime I would roll this mat on the floor and me and my family would sleep on the floor…it’s ironic. It was the last poverty recording.”
Bobbito Garcia appears in the series, reliving the radio freestyle that led to ODB’s eventual record deal.
The premiere and celebration come just days after the album was certified platinum by the RIAA. Stream Return to the 36 Chambers on all major streaming platforms.